Fifty-three days remain until the roar of the crowd hits Beaver Stadium and the Nittany Lions take on the Kent State Golden Flashes! Our featured player today? Derek Dowrey, Number 53.
The 6’3, 333 pounder from Wincheter, VA initially came to Penn State as an under the radar defensive tackle recruit in 2012. After redshirting his freshman year, Dowrey was moved by then-coach Bill O’Brien because of the need for bodies on the offensive line in the wake of the Sandusky sanctions. Over the next several seasons, Dowrey saw plenty of action at guard, including five starts in 2015.
Dowrey is going to continue to contribute as a redshirt senior, but most importantly, he’s already graduated with a degree in journalism. Congratulations, big man, and good luck this year!